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Thursday’s presser shed a little light on where the Chiefs GM thinks the draft has some depth."In last year’s pre-draft press conference Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys Stitched , Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach was asked about his propensity for trading up and the aggression that he would show in the draft. Veach responded by specifying that if there is a drop-off in talent, they wouldn’t hesitate to go get their guy.As we know, the Chiefs — lacking a first round pick due to the Patrick Mahomes trade up of 2017 — were aggressive in attacking these pockets. They traded up three times in the 2018 draft for Breeland Speaks, Derrick Nnadi and Khalil McKenzie. Veach saw the players at the bottom of the pockets of value that he wanted and made his move.With this year’s draft less than a week away, Veach once again held his pre-draft press conference. This time, he was asked about those very same “pockets of value” and where he felt the depth was in this class.For those have been following the draft, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. This is a strong defensive line class that contains great defensive ends — Nick Bosa, Josh Allen, Montez Sweat, Brian Burns and Clelin Ferrell — and some stud defensive linemen — Quinnen Williams, Ed Oliver, Jeffery Simmons Mecole Hardman black jersey , Christian Wilkins and Jerry Tillery. Three or four quarterbacks going early won’t surprise anybody. If there’s a quality player at quarterback, an NFL team is going to aggressively pursue that player.What might be surprising to some is the inclusion of four or five offensive tackles early. It’s a strong tackle class overall, but five players near the top of the draft bode well for the Chiefs at pick No. 29. The Chiefs likely won’t be adding a tackle in round one, so pushing players down at positions of need would be ideal.Veach’s comments about the depth of the wide receiver, tight end and cornerback class should be music to Chiefs’ fans ears. The Chiefs could look to add all three positions in the first two days of the draft, so finding good depth in day two could open the top of the draft up for Veach.These comments in a vacuum look like Veach might be looking at that “early pocket” in this year’s draft of being full of defensive linemen. If quarterbacks and offensive tackles have an early run, we could see a move up to get into that pocket — very similar to how Veach handled the draft last year.At the very least, the comments on the depth at cornerback should indicate that the Chiefs have a good idea of where the pockets are with that position group. On top of that, adding an offensive weapon early in the draft seems like a good bet.It will be interesting to see the strategy this year and where Veach views these “pockets” of players — and whether or not he feels like he needs to aggressively attack them early.KC Draft GuideWant an idea of some of the players in these depth “pockets”? The first-ever edition of the KC Draft Guide can help with that! You can purchase it for only $9.99! We have over 225 prospect write-ups with specifics about how prospects fit the Chiefs. There are more than 300 grades on players, mock drafts, positional rankings and features — all specific to the Chiefs. Grab your copy by clicking here!Loading... The Vikings, if they hope to turn 6-2 into a special season Mecole Hardman Jersey Mens , need to win in Kansas City on Sunday. To do that, they need to control the clock. But dominating the time-of-possession battle won’t be easy, given the Chiefs in recent weeks have decided to force the issue with a defense that has pivoted to attack mode.“I mean they’ve had some games where the time of possession has been overwhelmingly against them, but we’re always trying to do that,” Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer said at his weekly Wednesday press conference. “We’re always trying to win the time of possession, we’re always trying to be good on third downs, control the ball. They’ve blitzed the last three weeks a lot more, like I’ve said before. It’s a loud environment, so we’re going to have to be on our P’s and Q’s.”Indeed they have. Earlier in the season, Simms began to lobby for the Chiefs to quit being passive on defense, allowing opponents to keep the Kansas City offense on the sideline. By dialing up the level of aggressiveness, the Chiefs either make a quick stop or allow a quick score. Either way Mecole Hardman Jersey Cheap , they get their potent offense back on the field.Zimmer acknowledges that the recent trend toward becoming blitz happy may have been opponent specific. He seems to think it’s actually part of a broader strategy.“Every week is a new week, but when you start getting 16, 17, 18 blitzes in a row, it could be their identity now,” Zimmer said.That strategy ups the ante as to the play-in, play-out chess match, forcing offenses to make the right call, to execute it the right way, and (most importantly) to have a quarterback who can process the information quickly and find the receivers who will enjoy favorable matchups when extra defenders are trying to collapse the pocket.For Minnesota, the specific challenge falls to quarterback Kirk Cousins, who lacks the mobility to buy time when the pocket collapses. He’ll need to quickly process the chaos and get rid of the ball Carlos Hyde Jersey , delivering it to the right spot and not into the path of a defender who hangs back and squats on a hot route.That’s where and how Sunday’s game could be won or lost by the Vikings. If/when the Chiefs disrupt the normal flow of a well-oiled offense with a lightning flash of confusion, Cousins will need to keep his wits about him before the walls close in, because he simply lacks the physical tools to buy more time.The other half of the equation becomes whether Chiefs coach Andy Reid can consistently crack the code of Zimmer’s scheme, dialing up plays that exploit the tendencies and turning the game into a shootout that forces Cousins to repeatedly beat the blitz. Ultimately, whether the Chiefs can achieve that may hinge on whether quarterback Patrick Mahomes can return to action only 17 days after dislocating a kneecap.However it plays out, the stakes will be very high for both teams. The winner will remain very much alive for a potential division title and bye week. The loser will slide closer to the kind of scrum that points to eventually launching the playoffs in the opening round, with the reward for a wild-card win being a road trip to face one of the best two teams in the conference.